Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
For those who have no idea who I'm talking about (gasp!),
Rufio is only the coolest pirate-fighting bad boy of the 1990s. He was played
by dapper Dante Basco and served as the foe-turned-BFF of Peter Pan (played by
a fresh-faced Robin Williams) in the movie Hook.
To further refresh your memory, Rufio is the smoky-eyed, red-streaked, bone-wearing leader of the Neverland's Lost
Boys. And any pre-or-early teen in her right mind would be a fool to not swoon
over him. As a woman in my late 20s, however, it'd be a little creepy if I was
still crushing on Rufio myself. So instead, I've graduated to simply being inspired
by his character.
That said, I clearly look nothing like him. Even my
everyday demeanor is his counter opposite, as I tend to be shy and reserved
instead of in-your-face and aggressive.
In lieu of a literal interpretation, I opted for subtle allusion to his physical appearance
In my opinion, it's the messy, smudgy, smoky eye that
serves as the star here. The best part is that you don't have to be on the set
of a Spielberg movie to pull it off. Here's the breakdown:
I started with a light coating of Urban Decay Primer
Next, I applied a matte gray shadow to my lid with a fat, all-over eye shadow brush. The key here is
to not try to create perfect lines, but to slowly build color a little bit at a
time. The eyeshadow should extend slightly above the socket line and flare out
at the outer corners. Really, really blend the color into the skin.
Using a black eyeliner pencil, I
lined my entire upper lash line. I also lined my lower lash line just below and on the waterline.
Then, wasting no
time, I smudged/blended the upper and lower eyeliner with a blending brush, keeping things messy and blurred instead of precise. As Rufio, it's best
to save precision for your sword fights.
To add a bit of life to the smokiness, I finger-patted on a
wee bit of Urban Decay's YDK shadow, a medium, coppery brown with lots of
shimmer. Put a little on a blending brush and gently go over your bottom,
smudgy liner, as well.
Once you've finished, apply two to three coats of mascara on
the top and bottom lashes and throw on some faux eyelashes for extra oomph.
Rufio is full of oomph, so don't go lax! I used CoverGirl's Clump Crusher
mascara and NYX's Fabulous Lashes in "Some Like it Hot."
Cheeks & Lips
As for the rest my face, I kept things really simple. I applied a rosy powder blush to my cheeks for a soft flush.
For lips, I applied a hint of
concealer and then followed up with a top coat of Stila Lip Glaze in Ginger.
Hair & Nails
For my hair, I did a French-braided crown starting at one
ear and moved my way to the other, then pinned it at the nape.
I then pulled
the rest of my hair over to one side and gave it a little curling iron action.
To complete the look, I hairsprayed the bottoms of craft store feathers and
strategically stuck them into my braid.
Lastly, my nails. We all know a look isn't complete without
a proper manicure, even if he didn't have one.
Inspired by Rufio's jet-black hair and blazing red
highlights, I opted for a super inky black base with a blood red, talon-like
triangle on top.
What do you think? Is it weird that I own a cow skull? And while I'm asking
questions, how about that glorious food-fight scene in Hook? I've never wanted
to consume so much mystery grub in my entire life. The color! The texture!
Those happy, satisfied faces! Please, someone throw a technicolor mystery food
party and invite me.